Zimbabwe take 5-0 lead 

Veronika Tobias in action for Namibia u19. Photo: Helge Schütz

Zimbabwe completed another two resounding victories against Namibia over the weekend to take a 5-0 lead in their u19 women’s T20 series.

On Friday, Zimbabwe beat Namibia by 10 wickets after bundling Namibia out for 48 and then reaching the target without the loss of a wicket, off only 29 balls. 

Namibia’s innings got off to a disastrous start when Estelle van der Merwe was run out for a duck, and from then on it was one-way traffic as Zimbabwe’s bowlers maintained the pressure with regular wickets.

Opening batter Hileni David with 10 runs and Leigh-Marie Visser with 11, were the only Namibians to reach double figures, while Kelis Ndhlovu was Zimbabwe’s stand-out bowler, taking four wickets for six runs, Christina Mutasa 2/17, and Kudzai Chigora 2/20. 

Zimbabwe’s opening batters easily reached the target, with Ndhlovu and Beloved Biza both remaining not out on 19. 

On Saturday, Zimbabwe thumped Namibia by 96 runs in their fifth and final T20 international.

Batting first, Zimbabwe scored 151 for three wickets before bundling Namibia out for 55.

In Zimbabwe’s innings, Biza once again starred with the bat, scoring 62 not out, which came off 54 balls and included six fours, while Runyararo Pasipanodya scored 40 off 34 balls (4×4, 1×6). For Namibia, Keira Schoeman took one wicket for 18 runs and Veronika Thomas 1/24. 

In Namibia’s innings, Zimbabwe’s bowlers once again held the upper hand as wickets fell at regular intervals. The only Namibian batters to reach double figures were David (10) and Veronika Tobias (10), while Kudzai Chigora took three wickts for 11 runs, Chipo Moyo (2/6), Christina Mutasa (2/13) and Ndhlovu (2/11) for Zimbabwe. 

The sixth and final match in the series took place yesterday. 

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